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PHOF / Vegas trip!


By mechslave

8 years ago



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    #1 8 years ago

    Just wanted to throw up a few pictures of our recent trip to the Pinball Hall of Fame! The place was awesome and we really enjoyed it. I love not only old pinball, but old em/arcade equipment as well, so this place is like a dream come true.

    I visited the original PHOF about 6-7 years ago when it was in a little strip mall and the Pinball Circus was near the outside window (Desert UV!), but the new place blows it away in every aspect. Many machines are still a little dirty and under-maintained, but it's a small complaint for what you get. We loved it! Tim will just barely grunt when you speak to him, but the lady there (his wife?) was extremely nice, stored our bags for us out of the way, and loved talking about the place and any games we asked about!

    Highlights were the Peppy the Clown (for Eve, her quote "I could play this all day!"), and of course I loved the uniqueness of Pinball Circus (this really should've been manufactured, even as redemption!). The Magic Baseball Game we both loved to death! The wedgeheads are the cleanest and best maintained pins in the place, and he has a wonderful collection of them! The new Sterns and 90's pins are mostly beat to hell and back, a good sign I guess! People love playing them! The ACDC premium and Magneto there were horrifically beat up. I mean, a good sign in that they get played to death, but wow... just a few months and they look like that? Couldn't believe it. Just shows you the traffic the PHOF gets (and a degree of lack of maintainence, wiped down every other day and new balls every week and they wouldn't look like that!).

    But we arrived a couple minutes before opening, on Monday morning, and were the first people in the door.... an hour later the place was getting mildly full, and most of the row of new machines near the front had players at them. That's *Noon on a Monday*!! I can't imagine it on a weekend, but it gives a perspective on why the new machines are so damn dirty and abused looking, and why Tim can't do anything but grunt... if he did, he'd never stop talking to collectors/players who love the place and just want to chat. So I get it. It's an incredible place, all around!

    My wife finally found the pinball her dad used to have (Drop-a-Card!). On one of our first couple dates Eve and I were playing pinball at South-a-Philly in St Augustine, and she told me her Dad used to have a pinball machine when she was a little kid in England, and it was a poker/card theme. LOL So yeah, that narrowed it down! After many guesses and descriptions, we narrowed it down to a wedgehead, but still that's a large group. I'd point them out at shows, and she'd be like "Hmmm, maybe... but I'm not sure!" And so when she came running back down the isle at the PHOF yelling "I found it!!" it was very cool. Gottlieb's Drop-a-Card was it. She played a few games on it and loved it "I remember the jester puking out the cards!" Needless to say, we'll be adding a Drop-a-Card to our wedgehead collection, eventually!

    In short, vist the PHOF and take it for what it is, an amazing place! I wish there were more like it, all over the country... maybe it will happen as pinball keeps growing in popularity the way it has the past 5 years...

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    #2 8 years ago

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    #6 8 years ago

    Here are a few bonus shots, from our wanderings around Vegas! We didn't have time for a ton of sight-seeing, but had to hit Freemont light show, Pawn Stars, Bellagio water show, and few other sights. Love Vegas!!!

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    #7 8 years ago

    Oh wow they put up a sign out front! Love this place! Going back in 3 months! did you happen to go to the Riviera Hotel? Its like the overflow of the PHoF, they had alot of A list games when I was there. We stay there just because of all the machines. Some go to Vegas just gamble, but we go to play pinballl! We gamble a small bit but most of the time were drinking and playing pins! Glad you enjoyed your time there. Was Tim soldering on some boards with his head lamp on his head? The 6 times I have been there, he is always having the solder iron in hand and repairing boards.

    #8 8 years ago

    We stayed at the Excalibur (it's always been my favorite hotel there, because of how easily you can visit 5 other casino/hotels by walking). The only pin at the Excalibur was a Stern Indy, which was poorly maintained and had the Ark disabled. But I'll keep that in mind about the Riviera for our next visit!

    Tim opened it up for us, and said a barely audible hello staring at the ground, and then grunted when I told him how much I loved the place, and then we didn't see him again. I think he left to go run an errand. But the lady there was overly nice and very outgoing. I've heard from others' posts that he's like talking to a wall, so I wasn't offended at all. We loved the place!

    We did play some really fun video slots, and one of our favorites was the IGT Pinball slot. I'll have to find a pic of it and post. Pinball, and the Hangover, Ghostbusters and LOTR were our favorite slots...

    #9 8 years ago

    He is such a weird dude.

    #10 8 years ago

    I just scheduled a trip with the wife and kids for January. They do know that a trip to the PHF is manditory

    #11 8 years ago

    When did they get a challenger?? I didnt see it the last time I was there...sweeeeet.

    Any one who hasnt been HAS to go. Great place, great charity.

    #12 8 years ago

    Oh man, the Orbitor 1.

    "What?!? What's going on? What just happened?"

    #13 8 years ago

    I love the golden goose sign. I have to get one of them for my 50th anniversary party.

    LTG : )

    #14 8 years ago

    Awesome pics! Thanks for sharing!

    #15 8 years ago

    Just spent 3 hours there on 19 bucks last week during the national finals rodeo Its was awesome but the misses wasn't to impressed oh well she got over it after 3 hours of shopping and 500 bucks later it was worth it

    #16 8 years ago

    Love the PHOF. It can be overwhelming for someone who comes from an area without a lot of options.

    Plus, unlike the slot machines...you come out a winner every time.

    #17 8 years ago
    Quoted from plowpusher:

    Just spent 3 hours there on 19 bucks last week during the national finals rodeo Its was awesome but the misses wasn't to impressed oh well she got over it after 3 hours of shopping and 500 bucks later it was worth it

    Yeah, we saw all the cowboys and cowgirls, they were everywhere all over town!!

    Tim could definitely do a bit of decorating to make the inside feel a little more like a HOF and less like a warehouse arcade. That would help it appeal to non-players/collectors/enthusiasts. But for those of us into games, it's all about the games and the place is just awesome. In fact, I kind of prefer the warehouse atmosphere (reminds me of all the warehouse digging we did in the 90's as arcade collectors). I liked looking under cloths and behind dusty games to see what was back there. Kinda fun.

    My wife has a very open mind with these places and she'll always find something to have fun with. It was Peppy and Magic Baseball on this trip. She would've been happy to play those all day! Oh and she insisted we do the photo booth too, but I won't torture anyone with those pics! lol

    For those visiting soon, enjoy! For those who haven't been, book a trip!! Southwest Airlines offers some crazy cheap flight/hotel packages with the MGM group of hotels... that's what we used, and from there it's only like 1.5 miles to the PHOF. $9 taxi before tip.

    #18 8 years ago
    Quoted from canea:

    Oh man, the Orbitor 1.
    "What?!? What's going on? What just happened?"

    Oh definitely! Eve had already experienced it at SPF, but she had to do it again. She loves how wild it is. It sort of frustrates me as a player, trying to get a decent shot in, but the random orbiting and wildness of the ball is very unique as a change!

    #19 8 years ago
    Quoted from jeffgoldstein2:

    He is such a weird dude.

    Oh I think Tim is a great guy, and look at what he's accomplished with the PHOF, what he does for charity, etc. He's an amazing guy! I've read Clay and others' take on his personality, and he's not trying to be grumpy or rude. That's just Tim, and he's a great guy who can't stand around and talk to collectors all day. No problem at all.

    I do have a second Stunt Pilot in need of major restoration that I was going to talk to him about donating, but he disappeared before I got a chance to make a third attempt at talking to him! It'd fit in perfectly with the non-pinball em arcade stuff he has operating there, which is worth the visit by itself! Oh well, maybe next trip he'll be more talkative!

    #20 8 years ago

    I was there a few months ago and Magneto was unmarked! What is it like now?

    The ACDC was already looking beat up. Amazing really.

    #21 8 years ago
    Quoted from Shapeshifter:

    I was there a few months ago and Magneto was unmarked! What is it like now?
    The ACDC was already looking beat up. Amazing really.

    Magneto is hard to say how bad it is, bc it's just really dirty! But the Woverine magnet is a pure mushroom, raised at least a 1/3" above the play field, and concave around it. And just super dirty all over. I didn't play it.

    AcDc looks the way you'd expect a really rough condition 90s pin to look, which had been played around the block and back. Clear chipped all around the hell window, cannon inoperable, ramp entrances broken and chipped away, dirt upon dirty. War Machine shots would not make a full loop, no matter how well they were hit, targets not resetting/broken, etc. It was trashed and in need of a major overhaul. After seeing and playing the AcDc at the 1up a few weeks ago ( which also is a high volume location) it can be safely assumed the one at PHOF just hasn't been maintained at all, and maybe never cleaned or had the balls replaced. It's a shame really. Kept clean, with new balls, and it would never look like that after less than a year.

    #22 8 years ago

    Didn't someone say they were there recently and a new ac/dc was being unpacked? is this the NEW one or the original?

    #23 8 years ago

    Thanks for the enthusiastic post re PHOF
    We are heading back over from Australia in April 2013 and will be revisiting PHOF ( 3rd time )
    Glad to see The Pinball Circus is still there, as I had heard a rumour that it had been ‘removed’ and my travelling mate has never been to PHOF so I am glad he will get to play the game
    I am very curious to see the condition of ACDC now.

    As a side issue , and I don’t want to hijack this thread, but were the ‘show hosts’ at the G&S Pawn Store when you visited?

    #24 8 years ago

    I was just there and the ACDC was in good shape, they had tape around the Hell window till they could get a piece of Mylar for it, the cannon on that game didnt work either and they said they have already gone through 3 cannons and they all fail very quickly, I played the game which worked ok, didnt care for the game much, the Iron man there played awesome, they had just upgraded the flippers and they were very strong, Xmen played good as well, I was just there last month, the wife dropped me off at 11:30 and picked me up at 6:00, I was beat after playing all day, Played bad cats the most I forgot how cool and fun that game is, also played alot of Orbitor and always play the Haunted house but of course this time it was not working, but all in all for how many pins they have there they seem to try and keep them all running, I spoke to Tim a bit, he is a very nice guy just to himself and loves pinball with a passion. Its seriously the cheapest place in vegas to spend the day, I think I only used 15.00 of the 40.00 in quarters I got the whole time I was there, and that includes the 5 sodas i bought out of the vending machine, I always spend a day there and let the wife go to the spa for the day, makes for a good trip for both of us!

    #25 8 years ago
    Quoted from Wotto:

    Thanks for the enthusiastic post re PHOF
    We are heading back over from Australia in April 2013 and will be revisiting PHOF ( 3rd time )
    Glad to see The Pinball Circus is still there, as I had heard a rumour that it had been ‘removed’ and my travelling mate has never been to PHOF so I am glad he will get to play the game
    I am very curious to see the condition of ACDC now.
    As a side issue , and I don’t want to hijack this thread, but were the ‘show hosts’ at the G&S Pawn Store when you visited?

    Pinball Circus is still there, and plays very good. Getting to the top is difficult because of the strength of the little flipper on level 3. You basically need a rebound shot to get it up there. But it should be dramatic to get the top! Getting to level 2 and 3 is easy and you'll do it over and over.

    The show hosts were not there! We had ask cab drivers about the place, and every one had said it's tiny, don't get your hopes up, it's a hole in the wall, etc. So we had low expectations and they were exceeded. Very nice place, not as tiny as they were saying, and it wasn't crowded (we went about 1030am on Sunday morning). You can take pictures anywhere but in the direction of the area where the hosts do sit if they're in. The black sign with red type is the sign that says "No photos in this direction" you can see in the one picture. I bought a shirt for a friend, and my wife bought a "I heart Chumlee" shirt! The show, like all reality shows, is fake as all get out, but I like the item history and hearing evaluations nevertheless, and the corny setups with Chums and the gang.

    Quoted from Profgrif:

    I was just there and the ACDC was in good shape, they had tape around the Hell window till they could get a piece of Mylar for it, the cannon on that game didnt work either and they said they have already gone through 3 cannons and they all fail very quickly, I played the game which worked ok

    I'd suggest you reserve judgement until you play a properly maintained ACDC, because that one is nowhere near "good shape." It's terrible, dirty, broken ramp entrances, and tape over the areas which began to chip away around the window. And no cannon. The shots don't shoot properly, either. The War Machine shot would not go around (one of my fav shots). Just too dirty. Seems like a post was loose, too. And the targets had problems resetting. Basically the worst maintained ACDC (or any less than one year old pin) I've played.

    Try playing a nice, working ACDC, with a clean playfield, unbroken ramps, untaped playfield, and operating cannon... you might like it better!

    #26 8 years ago

    Pepe is one scary looking clown. That thing gives my wife the creeps.

    #27 8 years ago

    Congrats on your wedding, and best wishes to you and your wife. Must be a good catch if she had a pinball machine in her house growing up and it appears that she loves our hobby... a keeper for sure!

    #28 8 years ago

    I was there 2 weeks ago. Good times!
    PHoF is the only place in Las Vegas that the cab ride costs more than what you spend when you get there.
    I did pass the Rivera location, but I was running a half-marathon so I couldn't stop.

    #29 8 years ago

    It's a $hithole now. I don't even bother anymore.

    #30 8 years ago

    I haven't been to the PHOF since they got their AC/DC...gonna have to go check it out asap. Its a shame that the latest Sterns don't seem to be holding up well.

    #31 8 years ago
    Quoted from Chitownpinball:

    When did they get a challenger?? I didnt see it the last time I was there...sweeeeet.
    Any one who hasnt been HAS to go. Great place, great charity.

    Saw Challenger there back in June in the back of one of the aisles, but it wasn't working.

    #32 8 years ago
    Quoted from Tommi_Gunn:

    It's a $hithole now. I don't even bother anymore.

    Definitely not. It's an awesome place to play a wide variety of pins and very rare antique coinop equipment. I highly recommend it!

    Quoted from girloveswaffles:

    Saw Challenger there back in June in the back of one of the aisles, but it wasn't working.

    You know I'm pretty sure Challenger was working but I didn't try it out. I'd played the heck out of one at PAPA just a few months ago so I tried other stuff I hadn't played recently. Very very cool pin though!

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    #33 8 years ago

    Just finished my 1st visit there with wife and kids. Lot's of interesting things to see if you love machines. I've rebuilt a few early SS's which are running better but considering how much work must have to be done just to get all these machines to turn on I was amazed. My wife talked to the owners about how much time I put into my collection and they offered me a chance to hang out for a week and help out. They have a room in back. I was flattered, I joked I could leave the wife and kids to live my dream! Hearing it's for charity, I am curoius about the economics of it all. Building + Machines + Parts. What a task. Well business seemed pretty good, so it seems donations are still coming in.

    #34 8 years ago

    Was just there on the 13th. Met McCune there to pick up a TAF from him. Got to play all the rare ones that I didn't see at any of the shows this year, including Pinball Circus(got 315,915,000 on it, too). It was finally nice to play a TZ for the first time after buying mine, contrasting how they both play. I love my TZ even more now. I'm really spoiled.

    What amazed me the most is how all the pins were LED'd and they still had a bunch of lights out. A lot of the pins had added on spotlights, too. Hey, how 'bout you just turn on the lights in there? While I wasn't overly impressed with the place and the quality of the majority of pins(most of the EM's were actually quite nice), it's still a great place for people to visit and spend a couple of bucks playing great titles that the majority of hobbyists don't even get to play.

    #35 8 years ago

    Nice pics! Looks like you did all the things I would do if I get back out there again this year.

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